Washington v. Hunter et al

Filing 40

ORDER directing the Plaintiff to file within 30 days a Response to 37 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Cynthia Hunter, Dolores Butler, Greg Bolin, Tyra Tyler and a separate Statement of Disputed Facts as set forth in the Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 03/25/2015. (kcs)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF DIVISION ATHENA WASHINGTON V. PLAINTIFF 5:14CV00274 JLH/JTR CYNTHIA HUNTER, Lieutenant, Brassell Detention Center, et al. DEFENDANTS ORDER Defendants have filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, a Brief in Support, and a Statement of Undisputed Facts. Docs. 37, 38, & 39. Plaintiff must respond to that Motion. At the summary judgment stage, a plaintiff cannot rest upon mere allegations and, instead, must meet proof with proof. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e). This means that Plaintiff’s Response must include her legal arguments, as well as affidavits,1 prison records, or other evidence establishing that there is a genuine issue of material fact that must be resolved at a hearing or trial. Furthermore, pursuant to Local Rule 56.1, Plaintiff must also separately file a Statement of Disputed Facts, which lists: (a) any disagreement she has with the 1 The affidavit must be based upon the personal knowledge of the person executing the affidavit and must be either: (1) sworn and subscribed to by a notary public; or (2) executed under penalty of perjury, as provided for by 28 U.S.C. § 1746. specifically numbered factual assertions in Defendants’ Statement of Undisputed Facts (Doc. 39); and (b) any other disputed facts that she believes must be resolved at a hearing or trial.2 Finally, Plaintiff is advised that if she intends to rely on documents that have been previously filed in the record, she must specifically refer to those documents by docket number, page, date, and heading. The Court will not sift through the file to find support for Plaintiff’s factual contentions. See Crossley v. Georgia-Pacific, Corp., 355 F.3d 1112, 1113-14 (8th Cir. 2004) (affirming the grant of summary judgment because a plaintiff failed to properly refer to specific pages of the record that supported his position). IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT: 1. Plaintiff must file, within thirty days of the entry of this Order, a Response to Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment and a separate Statement of Disputed Facts that comply with the Fed. R. Civ. P. 56, Local Rule 56.1, and the instructions in this Order. 2. Plaintiff is advised that the failure to timely and properly comply with this Order will result in: (a) all of the facts in Defendants’ summary judgment papers 2 If Plaintiff disputes any of the facts in Defendants’ Statement of Undisputed Facts, she must identify each numbered paragraph that contains the facts she disputes and, for each paragraph, explain why she disputes those facts. -2- being deemed admitted by Plaintiff, pursuant to Local Rule 56.1(c); or (b) the dismissal of this action, without prejudice, pursuant to Local Rule 5.5(c)(2). Dated this 25th day of March, 2015. UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE -3-

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